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The Beatles' guitars during their 1966 tour.

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Blazer, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    So from left to right we have Paul's Rickenbacker 4001S bass, George's Rickenbacker 360/12, John's Gibson J-180E, George's Epiphone Casino and next to it John's, George's Gibson SG and last but far from least Paul's Hofner violin bass.

    George outed himself as being a true gear head and this picture proves it, with him taking the most guitars on tour.
     
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    Pix no showee.
     
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    Here you go.

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    Looks like: 3 x Gibson, 2 x Rickenbacker, 1 x Epiphone, and 1 x Hofner.
     
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    I would take the Gibson J-180E. They still make those?
     
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    Made the Epi Casinos prices go up up up....
     
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    Love the pic, but to a certain degree the logic is slightly flawed (not that it matters). He needed the 12 for "If I Needed someone. I think I had read that a Gretsch was stolen and the SG was bought in New York... either way, basically by that time the Gretsch or the SG was his backup. John used the J160E as both an acoustic (plugged in) and his backup for years and many of their recorded "electric" parts are actually the J160E through a Vox. I don't think Paul was ever seen playing the 4001S in concert even though he was recording it by that time.

    More or less one guitar, one backup for each, and the 12 was a necessity for one song. Regardless, great pic to see.
     
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    J160E --J180E completely different guitar -- was an interesting guitar, ladder bracing, mahogany plywood back and sides, P90 inside body.

    Acoustically it has the typical Gibson Mahogany sound -- thumpy bass & clear trebles, just not loud. Strumming an original brings your right back to 1963. It amplifies quite well, probably better than a better spec guitar would because of the poorer acoustic qualities.

    Yes, Gibson still makes 'em -- about 2 Grand. If you're a Beatles freak, by all means.

    If you just want a nice Gibson, thumpy/jangly dread, you're probably better off with a Hummingbird Pro, Hummingbird Artist, Hummingbird or J45. The best 'hog Jumbos also have that sound, J180, J185.

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    George gave the SG to Pete Ham from Badfinger, and it passed to his brother John after Pete's suicide. John had a famous music shop in Swansea, and a bass player friend of mine used to gig with John occasionally. They went back to John's house after a gig one night, and my friend got to play the SG.
     
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    I went to the Beatles 1966 concert in Cleveland, and the only guitars they used at that show were the 2 Casinos and the Hofner bass.
     
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    1 x Gibson, 2 x Ric's, 3 x Epiphones, and 1 x Hofner.
     
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    I bought a used Casino in 1970-71 for $100.00 wish I still had it. Traded it in for a J-50 then that for a 1969 D28 which I still have.
     
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    NOPE

    1 Hofner
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    Two Rickenbackers.
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    Note the capo, he played that one on "if I needed someone"

    Two Gibsons
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    And two Epiphones.
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    You can tell them apart by George's having a Bigsby and John's having the black pickup selector surround.
     
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    Both Epiphones and Paul's Rick bass.
     
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    Had a Casino way back then. Played well but squealed like a pig.
     
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    John playing Paul's casino, identifiable by the fact that it has black knobs and a small headstock. Paul had just gotten it and hadn't converted it for lefty playing yet.
     
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    At least Epiphone does.
     
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